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Reginald K. Empie

Reginald “Reg” Empie of Sedona, Arizona, a kind and dependable father who had a 30-year career at IBM, died peacefully on Thursday, April 14, 2022. He was 85.
He was born in November 1936 in Albany to Luther and Violet Empie. He grew up in Guilderland Center with his younger brothers, Bryant and Denny.

Ruth Van De Weert (née Laroe) — who “treasured her role as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother” — “entered the arms of her Savior on Saturday, April 23, 2022 after a brief illness,” her family wrote in a tribute. She was 96.

George Bosset

BERNE — Every summer for many years, George Bosset would travel with his wife and children from their home in New Jersey to Westerlo’s Lake Onderdonk, imitating the trips he had taken with his own parents, who owned a camp there.

Milton J. Hart Jr. of Delmar, formerly a long-time resident of Berne, died on Feb. 7 with his loving family by his side.

A graveside committal service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. with military honors.

Thomas Ray Edmunds

Thomas Ray Edmunds was a tough and tender woodsman, and beloved father, brother, uncle, son, and friend. He died on Sunday, April 10, 2022. He was 58.

Ralph Lynn Oliver

VOORHEESVILLE — Ralph Lynn Oliver, who loved cars and could fix anything, died on Thursday, April 14, at his home in Voorheesville surrounded by family.

COLONIE — Kenneth M. Gordon, an Army veteran who traveled the world, died on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 89.

Born on Nov. 1, 1932, in Troy, he was the son of the late Martin A. and Catherine E. Daly Gordon.

Philip L. Rabadi

Philip L. Rabadi of Slingerlands — “a shining bright light in this world,” his family said — died on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. He was 35.

Adriance V. Loucks

WESTERLO — Adriance V. Loucks of Westerlo, a contractor who loved his family, died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, after complications from surgery. He was 74.

Adie was born on Oct. 10, 1947, in Albany. He was employed at Alside Supply company for several years before becoming an independent contractor.

Joan M. Healey died surrounded by her loving husband and her two sons on Monday, April 11, 2022. She was 58.

“Joan was a loving mother and devoted wife and a proud grandmother,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She truly loved her family.”

She was the beloved daughter of Melvin Butterbaugh and Barbara Haverly.

Yvonne S. Lustenhouwer, a skilled gardener and crafter, died peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, April 7, 2022. She was 74. 

“Yvonne was loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed,” her family wrote in a tribute.

SOUTH WESTERLO — Gordon Homer Tuttle’s career as a mechanic was foretold by his childhood play, making motor noises, and enhanced by his Army training.
 A lifelong resident of South Westerlo, he died on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Greene Meadows Nursing Home under hospice care. He was 87.

Mrs. Linda J. Tanner of Cobleskill, widow of Robert Tanner, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. She was 74.

She was born June 27, 1947 in Middleburgh, a daughter of the late Norman Laraway and Pauline (née Coons) Laraway Shilstone.

“One day you were here, the next you were gone,” wrote the family of David ‘Bud’ Spiak in a tribute.

Born on Aug. 23, 1985, he died on Saturday, April 2, 2022, his daughter’s eighth birthday. He was 36.